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Thunder Beat Spurs In Game Four To Even Western Conference Semifinal Series

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Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points, with 29 of his points alone in the second half as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-97 on Sunday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points and 15 assists, Dion Waiters added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder shot 50.6 percent overall and 57 percent in the second half to avoid going back to San Antonio down 3-1 for Game 5 on Tuesday night. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21, and LaMarcus Aldridge 20. Additionally, Tim Duncan went scoreless in 12 minutes of action.

San Antonio led by 11 early in the second quarter, but the Thunder rallied and took a 45-44 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant with 1:47 left in the first half. The Spurs closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, with all the points coming from Leonard and Aldridge, to take a 53-45 lead at the break. Durant and Westbrook were a combined 6 for 21 from the field in the first half.

Boris Diaw’s 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds of the third quarter gave the Spurs an 81-77 lead heading into the fourth. Then, Durant took over early in the final quarter. His back-to-back 3s gave the Thunder a 93-87 lead and they never looked back as they split the series after four games.

Game 5 in this series is Tuesday.

 

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